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Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming
Last Featured: 12/11/2006

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Concerns about global warming and greenhouse gas emissions are nothing new to environmentalists who have long sought to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. But the EPA and other federal policymakers have been slow to jump into the battle, arguing that a causal link between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming cannot be clearly established. Now 11 states are forcing the issue in a case against the EPA; the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to resolve whether greenhouse gases can be regulated as air pollution under the Clean Air Act. On this edition of Justice Talking, we ask whether the current policy alternatives being discussed in Congress and the states are practical, necessary and effective, or just more hot air.


Voices on Global Warming
Host Margot Adler speaks to a handful of people whose lifestyles, livelihoods or communities are being impacted because of consistently warmer temperatures.

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Interview with an Environmental Lawyer
Host Margot Adler speaks with professor Ann Carlson about efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.


Ann E. Carlson is co-director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she is also a law professor. She edits the Southern California Environmental Report Card, published by UCLA's Institute of the Environment.

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Debate on the Issue: Global Warming
Environmentalist David Doniger and union advocate Gene Trisko square off over how the federal government should set policy in the face of an international problem.


David Doniger is the policy director of the Natural Resources Defense Council Climate Center, which focuses on policies to cut global warming pollution from power plants, motor vehicles and other major industries. He served for eight years in the Clinton administration, where he was director of climate change policy at the Environmental Protection Agency.


Eugene Trisko is general counsel to Unions for Jobs and the Environment, an association of 10 national trade unions that filed a friend of the court brief in Massachusetts v. EPA. He has represented the United Mine Workers union in all of the major United Nations climate negotiating sessions since 1993.

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Prospects for Kyoto
Host Margot Adler speaks with Elliot Diringer, an expert on international efforts to combat climate change, about the history and current status of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases.


Elliot Diringer is the director of international strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. He oversees the Center's analysis of the international challenges posed by climate change and strategies for meeting them, and he directs the Center's outreach to key governments and actors involved in international climate change negotiations.

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One Man's Future
Reporter Brad Linder travels to New Jersey to meet the builder of the nation's first 100 percent hydrogen fuel cell and solar powered house.


Tired of waiting for government and industry, Mike Strizki decided to show what one determined New Jerseyan could do. Strizki's house became the first residence in the United States to run entirely on a combination of hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels. He lives with his wife and three children in a zero emissions house in East Amwell, about an hour from New York City.

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Doing the Math
Reporter Eric Mack discovers a different kind of ecosystem, where pollution deficits and renewable energy credits may be traded among companies and countries. Along the way, he tracks his own carbon emissions.


Later, host Margot Adler calculates her own carbon footprint. To compare yours to Margot's, use any of these handy calculators:


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by Elizabeth Kolbert
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing
by John Houghton
Is the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science of Global Warming
by S. George Philadner
Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media
by Patrick J. Michaels
The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
by Tim Flannery
Are Current Water Policies Leaving Us High and Dry?
The Future of the Oceans
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